April/May 2018

 

Update from the April 2018 BOC Board of Governors Meeting

The Board of Certification (BOC) Board of Governors met on April 13 and 14 in Miami, Fla. The following actions were taken by the
Board of Governors:

  • The following eligibility requirements were revised.
    • Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) – the requirements were clarified to include the definition of an acceptable clinical laboratory.
    • Technologist in Blood Banking (BB), Chemistry (C), Cytogenetics (CG), Hematology(H), Microbiology(M), Molecular Biology(MB), and Specialist in Cytometry (SCYM) – elimination of "medical sciences" under the academic requirements;
      see the detailed requirements for each category. These requirements are effective beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
    • ASCPi to ASCP transition will be implemented only for MLS(ASCPi) at this time. A new eligibility route will be added to
      the U.S. eligibility routes for MLS as follows. Based on previous successful completion of the MLS examination, these
      MLS(ASCPi) certificants will not be required to retake the MLS examination.

    • Route 5:
      • MLS(ASCPi) certification
      • AND five years of full time acceptable clinical laboratory experience in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, and urinalysis/body fluids in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory* within the
        last ten years.
        *CMS CLIA certificate of registration, compliance, accreditation; OR
        JCI accreditation; OR
        Accreditation under ISO 15189

  • As previously announced, the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements for Pathologists' Assistants, PA(ASCP),
    were revised to require 15 additional points specifically related to cancer cases and their staging, and one additional point in
    medical ethics is required for a total of 60 points. These revised requirements will go into effect for all certificants
    recertifying on or after Jan. 1, 2022
    .

 

New Study Guides Available

A new study guide for phlebotomy, BOC Study Guide: Phlebotomy Certification Examinations, is now available for Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) and Donor Phlebotomy Technician (DPT) examinations. A new study guide for Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), BOC Study Guide: Clinical Laboratory Certification Examinations, 6th Edition, will be published this summer.

 

Presentation from the Clinical Laboratory Educators' Conference (CLEC)*

The BOC Update PowerPoint presentation given at the February 2018 CLEC by Susan Harrington, PhD, D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP)CM, Chair of the BOC Board of Governors, is available here for your information.

 

Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) Certificates Discontinued

Beginning July 1, 2018, the Board of Certification will no longer issue CMP wall certificates every three years upon completion of the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP). In its place, the BOC will be issuing access to an electronic renewal letter. This will allow certificants faster notification of successful completion of the CMP with the ability to print notification results.

The elimination of CMP wall certificate is due in part to the steady increase in the number of BOC wall certificates being used fraudulently. And, after reviewing the recertification procedure for a number of professional certification bodies, we found that providing a notification of recertification rather than a wall certificate is standard practice.

Upon successful completion of initial BOC certification, examinees will receive a wall certificate indicating their certification by the ASCP Board of Certification. These wall certificates should be safeguarded. They should not be photographed or posted on social media. Instances of fraud have been traced back to individuals who posted their BOC certificate and other personal documents (i.e., college transcripts) on social media. Unfortunately, individuals who post this type of personal information are at risk for identity theft as well as providing an opportunity for others to commit certification fraud.

Please note, the only way to definitively verify ASCP certification is through primary source verification.

 

New Video for Program Directors

A new video is now available on the BOC web page to provide you with helpful information on navigating the Program Director's section of the web site, "For Program Directors." This video provides an overview of everything you need to know, including tools for students, the application process, accessing Exam Eligibility (EEV) reports, and program performance reports. We hope you find this video useful in locating all the information you need.

 

BOC Examination – Copyright Violations

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) monitors the web regularly for copyright violations on web sites that purport to have questions from BOC examinations. Individuals with ASCP BOC certifications who contribute to these sites or share examination items in any manner are in violation of the pledges they sign on the application form and on site prior to taking the examination. Certification will be revoked, and individuals will be barred permanently from taking any BOC examination by violating these pledges. Please remind your students not to share information from the examination with anyone.

 

Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV) Report – Important Information for Summer Break*

Please remember to check your email for announcements of Examination Eligibility Verification Reports to review over the summer. You may log in to your account anywhere in the world where you have access to the Internet. Your students will not be able to schedule appointments to take the examination until you sign off on these reports.

 

Important - Program Changes

Please be sure to notify the BOC office if any of your program information changes, such as your email address, program status, program director, or mailing address. Please notify Kristin Blake at kristin.blake@ascp.org. For program directors from international countries for ASCPi certification, please notify Angela Sreckovic at Angela.Sreckovic@ascp.org.

 

Important Information for Students in California and New York

Please ensure that your students become certified and complete the examination for licensure by applying for Certification and Licensure on the online application. If students apply for licensure only, they will be required to reapply for certification and take the certification examination. By applying for and taking the certification examination, their examination scores are acceptable for licensure in California and New York. All other state licensure requirements must be met to obtain state licensure. For additional information, see the CA and NY NAACLS student information form.

 

FYI -

Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations

Brief explanations on a variety of topics related to the BOC certification examinations are available at Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations.

 

Do You Have Students Missing From Your PPR or EEV Reports?*

When your students complete the online application, please remind them to use the drop-down list of programs to select the program they completed. When students enter the name manually, the school is not recognized, and these students' names will not appear on your PPR or EEV reports. If your program is not listed, please let us know immediately by contacting Kristin Blake at kristin.blake@ascp.org.

 

Determining Your Students' Examination Eligibility and Transcripts*

For information on determining your students' eligibility and transcript requirements, details on these topics are provided at Students' Eligibility and Transcript Requirements.

 

Applicants Requesting Modifications Due to a Disability

If any of your students require a modification due to a disability, we request that your students notify our office in writing at the time of application. Complete information regarding documentation is available on the website.

 

User's Guide for Program Performance Reports*

Please see the User's Guide for Program Performance Reports for all the latest information on accessing and using the PPRs to your program's best advantage.

 

How to Locate Your Certification Number

If you need to locate your certification number, you may access it by logging into your record and clicking on "Home Page" under "My BOC Activities." Then click on the "View Certifications" link.

If you require primary source verification of your certification, this information is available at Verification of Certification. There is a $16 charge for this service.

 

*UNITED STATES ONLY

 

Board of Certification Contacts:

Please contact the following individuals if you have questions or concerns regarding:

U.S. application processing

Renee Allegrucci at 312.541.4941

Wall Certificates/Credential Maintenance

Julie Mueller at 312.541.4940

Program Performance Reports (PPR) and
Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV)
login issues (U.S. only)

Kristin Blake at 312.541.4949 or
kristin.blake@ascp.org

International certification

Angela Sreckovic at angela.sreckovic@ascp.org

Program Director inquiries (U.S. only)

PDInfo@ascp.org

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If you have any questions or comments on the information contained in this issue, please email us at Geraldine.Piskorski@ascp.org. We look forward to hearing from you.